Destroyed crop causes prices to go up in the stores

Destroyed crop causes prices to go up in the stores »Play Video
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. -- Farmers say this warmer-than-normal weather is just the icing on the cake for what's been a horrible season for crops.

KEPR looked at how this could affect prices in the stores.

Alan Schreiber has been farming for ten years. What started off as just a hobby, has turned into quite the job. He has acres and acres of fruits and vegetables. Almost all of his crop is organic, making it that much more expensive to maintain. This year, Schreiber ran into trouble he hadn't experienced.

"We lost due to some quality issues that we've never seen before and we are attributing it to the weather this year," said farm owner, Alan Schreiber.

Alan describes it as a hot and cold cycle all season long. The volatile conditions wreaked havoc on his land.

The owner says they lost about twenty percent of their melon crop this year, something they've never seen in years past. In fact, the whole cold whole room is filled with melons that were picked and can't be put out for sale.

The farm lost 300 boxes of melons PER acre. That's a loss of around twenty thousand dollars. It means your produce may cost more this fall.

"I'm hoping this is a one time event," said Schreiber.

If this season's weather pattern is a preview of what's to come in future years, Schreiber farms will stop growing twelve different kinds of melons. And, instead, stick to those that adapt better to what might be a changing climate.

"This financing is a little painful for us..but if you farm...you better be able to handle the weather...if you can't handle the weather, then you're in the wrong business," said Schreiber.

Shreiber says melons weren't the only crop damaged this season. He is also having problems with tomatoes, apples, cherries, and sweet corn. Customers also complained the quality wasn't as good.